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Innovation flourishes in Singapore’s ‘conducive environment’ for tech start-ups
On track: remote monitoring and artificial intelligence ensure more efficient railway systems along belt and road routes
Belt and road corridors see more technology and industrial parks as China’s influence spreads
Hong Kong inventor helps develop tiny robot that will do brain surgery

A pair of Hong Kong-Israeli researchers is developing a miniature robot that allows minimally invasive brain surgery.

21 Dec 2014 - 7:46AM

A pair of Hong Kong-Israeli researchers is developing a miniature robot that allows minimally invasive brain surgery.

Hong Kong inventor helps develop tiny robot that will do brain surgery
Why Hong Kong should be China's green-energy leader, and what we can do

After another year of extreme weather, it is clear governments around the world need to redouble efforts to promote greener energy, if we are to slow down the steady accumulation of environmental damage.

11 May 2014 - 3:19AM

After another year of extreme weather, it is clear governments around the world need to redouble efforts to promote greener energy, if we are to slow down the steady accumulation of environmental damage.

Why Hong Kong should be China's green-energy leader, and what we can do
Rapid technology change set to bring benefits and dislocations

Most people may only be dimly aware of it, but fundamental changes are being wrought by massively networked computers and robotics, and they are transforming society.

6 Apr 2014 - 3:39AM

Most people may only be dimly aware of it, but fundamental changes are being wrought by massively networked computers and robotics, and they are transforming society.

Rapid technology change set to bring benefits and dislocations
Parents should be careful about monitoring their children's online activities

Only a few years ago, parents were saying that children should not use computers until they came of age, but today schools require children to do homework online, bringing issues into the home we have to deal with.

8 Dec 2013 - 6:19AM

Only a few years ago, parents were saying that children should not use computers until they came of age, but today schools require children to do homework online, bringing issues into the home we have to deal with.

Parents should be careful about monitoring their children's online activities
Mainland Chinese get round the firewall by using virtual private networks

China has developed a huge parallel internet sheltered by an electronic firewall known as the Great Firewall of China which blocks, filters and slows traffic on the internet. This significantly obstructs and impacts business, foreign trade and academic, social and cultural exchanges. However, virtual private networks (VPNs) have allowed Chinese web users almost unimpeded access to the internet with the additional benefit of anonymity.

3 Nov 2013 - 4:52AM

China has developed a huge parallel internet sheltered by an electronic firewall known as the Great Firewall of China which blocks, filters and slows traffic on the internet. This significantly obstructs and impacts business, foreign trade and academic, social and cultural exchanges. However, virtual private networks (VPNs) have allowed Chinese web users almost unimpeded access to the internet with the additional benefit of anonymity.

Mainland Chinese get round the firewall by using virtual private networks
Spotlight on China's hackers after accusations against PLA unit 61398

Since Mandiant, a US information technology security firm, sparked controversy by blaming a special unit of the People's Liberation Army for launching a series of cyberattacks on US companies, the shadowy world of hackers in China has been in the spotlight. Their activities have become a focal point of Sino-US relations.

21 Apr 2013 - 4:39AM

Since Mandiant, a US information technology security firm, sparked controversy by blaming a special unit of the People's Liberation Army for launching a series of cyberattacks on US companies, the shadowy world of hackers in China has been in the spotlight. Their activities have become a focal point of Sino-US relations.

Spotlight on China's hackers after accusations against PLA unit 61398
It would be even more surprising if the PLA did not resort to cyberspying

An investigative report released recently by Mandiant, a US IT security firm, predictably sparked controversy by pinning the blame for a series of cyberattacks on US companies on Shanghai-based Unit 61398 of the People's Liberation Army.

3 Mar 2013 - 2:13AM

An investigative report released recently by Mandiant, a US IT security firm, predictably sparked controversy by pinning the blame for a series of cyberattacks on US companies on Shanghai-based Unit 61398 of the People's Liberation Army.

It would be even more surprising if the PLA did not resort to cyberspying
Now everyone can speak in language of their computers

Voice control of computers, a holy grail for nerds ever since Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, is finally for the masses with the move to mobile computing.

8 Sep 2013 - 2:16AM

Voice control of computers, a holy grail for nerds ever since Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, is finally for the masses with the move to mobile computing.

Now everyone can speak in language of their computers
Ins and outs of a hacker's life is as dull as office work

Hackers range from children playing with computers to virtual hitmen, who destroy corporate data for a fee. Armies and governments also employ hackers to collect intelligence and secure their networks.

21 Apr 2013 - 4:39AM

Hackers range from children playing with computers to virtual hitmen, who destroy corporate data for a fee. Armies and governments also employ hackers to collect intelligence and secure their networks.

Ins and outs of a hacker's life is as dull as office work
Roaming deals for travellers just don't ring true

Long-distance travellers live in fear of finding bank-busting phone bills on their return. Although we can switch sim cards on arrival, frequent number changes confuse contacts, and in some countries, getting online is not as easy as you might expect.

4 Aug 2013 - 3:22AM

Long-distance travellers live in fear of finding bank-busting phone bills on their return. Although we can switch sim cards on arrival, frequent number changes confuse contacts, and in some countries, getting online is not as easy as you might expect.

Roaming deals for travellers just don't ring true
No limit to the length and breadth of phishing attacks on dissident writers

In the winter of 2009 to 2010, a mainland writer friend whose pen name is Zhao Dagong was arrested and detained by the security police. Zhao is vice-president and secretary of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre, a group of banned mainland writers whose president is Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace laureate, currently serving an 11-year sentence for subversion.

21 Apr 2013 - 4:39AM

In the winter of 2009 to 2010, a mainland writer friend whose pen name is Zhao Dagong was arrested and detained by the security police. Zhao is vice-president and secretary of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre, a group of banned mainland writers whose president is Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace laureate, currently serving an 11-year sentence for subversion.

No limit to the length and breadth of phishing attacks on dissident writers